Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red wine made with Montepulciano grapes grown in Abruzzo. Whilst Montepulciano grapes are widely cultivated in the centre and south of Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily, the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine can only be made from grapes grown in Abruzzo. Montepulciano, together with the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and the rose' Cerasuolo, made with Montepulciano grapes, represent Abruzzo's local wines and are produced all over the region. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a DOC wine, except the wines produced in the “Colline Teramane” area, which in 2003 was granted the DOCG status.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine’s quality can vary significantly, from very poor quality wines to outstanding, passing for easy to drink, fruity red wines - the Montepulciano grape has the potential to make outstanding wines and it is down to the wine makers and the choices made in the vineyards, low yield vs high yield, and winery, aged vs unaged, to determine the quality and style of the resulting wine.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines if consumed young are appreciated for their fruit and their gentle tannins, but can also be wood aged, producing great, complex wines that can rival some of the best Italian and non, red wines, wines that can be cellared for several years.